One of the objectives that Sam Allardyce had on his to do list when he joined the club in December was to improve the fitness and strength levels of the squad to try and resolve the number of players in the squad who were unavailable to him due to injury.
Ryland Morgans came into the club as Head of Performance and as part of the first team squad's fitness programme the management team added the use of Altitude Resistance Masks. This allows the players to push and increase their heart rates a lot more without having to exert as much physical pressure on their bodies. Altitude Mask is a Dubai based company leading the way in resistance mask technology which enables normal people and professionals alike to increase and improve their training as well as reducing the time they have to train.
Altitude Mask founder Sammer Sommers is delighted to be adding a Premier League club to the list of sporting teams and athletes on their register. “We at Altitude are working with some of the biggest athletes in the world in order to help educate people about the benefits of using our masks and we were pleased to have the opportunity to doing that with the Crystal Palace squad and we are delighted that they have seen a turn-around in results”.
Strength and conditioning coach, Andy Page explains a little about the advantage that they give the players within their day to day fitness programme.
“The masks simulate how the ‘altitude effect’ works, so instead of lowering the oxygen in the air, they restrict the amount of air you can breathe in each breath. By doing that, different settings on the masks mean that you can simulate, say, 2000 metres of altitude, 4000 metres above sea level, 6,000 etc. That’s basically how they work. They give us an added benefit of the way we can push cardiovascular training. So we can make the guys’ hearts work harder in training, but we don’t have to push their legs as hard.”
From a players perspective Wayne Hennessey is seeing the benefits of this new equipment that the squad now are working with at the Beckenham Training Ground.
“The masks have really been a massive help and are giving us additional benefits as we prepare for the challenges that come with playing in the Premier League. All the lads have really taken to them and are seeing the benefits to their overall fitness levels and those who are coming back from injury and doing rehab with the coaches are also using them and seeing the advantages of the masks."